Ford to restart Super Duty at Kentucky Truck Plant by May 21

Ford will resume production of F-150 on Friday

Ford Motor Company will resume production of F-150 pickup trucks Friday at the Dearborn Truck Plant after more than a week of down time due to a fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products facility in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. On Monday, its Kansas City and F-Series Super Duty truck production in Louisville, Kentucky, will go back online.

Ford wanted to resume production of the popular and profitable models as quickly as possible and this required a herculean effort.

The fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Michigan meant that Ford couldn't get front-end bolsters for the Super Duty.

Ford, along with BMW, Mercedes Benz and General Motors were forced to suspend or curb production at several USA plants while looking for an alternate source for components.

The disruption also shut down production of Ford's best-selling F-150 pickups in Kansas City and Dearborn, Michigan, but those plants are also expected to be running as normal by Monday. The company also suspended the building of its F-Series Super Duty trucks in Louisville.

FBN's Jeff Flock on Ford halting production of the F-150 truck.

The production hiccup will cost Ford 12 cents to 14 cents per share in the second quarter. The vehicle generated $41 billion in revenue past year, about 28 percent of total sales and the lion's share of Ford's profits.



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